by Annette Dixon
GREENSTAR BREWING “is The first Certified Organic Brewery in Illinois” and has been with both restaurants, one in Lakeview, which is now 27 years old at 3800 North Clark St. The owners Helen and Michael Cameron
have accomplished much with UNCOMMON GROUND with both restaurants. In Edgewater, the home of the lst certified organic rooftop farm in the USA at 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, marks their 10th year anniversary with celebrating their organic farm rooftop. Pictures of the Edgewater Restaurant’s rooftop shows the vegetables, plants that are used by the restaurants and pictures of the Brewmaster, Marten Coad and Michael Cameron.
“For the interior area of the deck, ten 10' x 4' planter boxes have been built in a variety of heights to allow the greatest flexibility in growing and gardening capability. All of the interior boxes are on casters so we can rearrange the garden if needed, all of the boxes include support structure capability for plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans and peas. All of the boxes are connected to a programmable drip line irrigation system to maintain an optimum watering schedule (and least amount of water waste) for the variety of plants we grow. Our certified
organic farm produces a bountiful harvest of delicious, nutritious produce that we using both restaurants 2500 square foot deck, made from post-consumer recycled materials, on the roof (654 square feet of soil),” says Farmer Allison.
The Organic Gardener team assisted in the overall design of irrigation. Organic plants we rotate through our raised beds over time include: varieties of sweet and hot peppers, varieties of eggplant, lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, radishes, beets, okra, spinach, fennel, mustard, bush beans, and shallots. Herbs we grow include: rosemary, thyme, chives, garlic chives, tarragon, sage, parsley, dill, mint, lavender, basil, anise hyssop, etc... The beauty of the rooftop farm is embellished by a variety of flowers and companion plants including: nasturtiums, calendula, marigolds,
sunflowers, zinnias and morning glories.
We purchase organic seeds from Seed Savers, Johnny's, High Mowing, Baker Creek, Territorial and Seeds of Change, as well as cultivating our own seed stock from plants that have excelled in our farm. Our soil is organic and comes from Fox Farm Soil and Fertilizer Company. It is called Happy Frog and the ingredients are: forest humus, sphagnum peat moss, perlite, earthworm castings, bat guano (sustainably harvested),
humic acid (derived from Leonardite), oyster shell and dolomite lime (for pH adjustments).
We supply both restaurants with fresh organic food and cherish the thought that most people come in for the GREENSTAR BREW. Our menu consists of Snack and Share, Craft Cocktails, Mock Tails, Dinner and Fine Wine and Sat/ and Sun. Brunch at Edgewater, call 773-465-9801 for more information or call 773-929-3680 for Lakeview.